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Frank Angelo Joseph Crespi

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Missouri native Creepy Crespi spent seven active seasons in professional baseball from 1937 to 1948.

The infielder spent his first season totally in the minor leagues with the Shelby Cardinals of the class D North Carolina State League. It proved out to be the best numbers he would put on the board during his pro career, when he hit at a .314 clip with eleven home runs in 107 games. He would spend three more years in the minors (1938-1940), in an up-and-down fashion with the major league St. Louis Cardinals.

Crespi spent some short times with the Gas House Gang in 1938, '39 and '40, 25 games to be exact, before sticking for an entire season in 1941. Creepy spent the '41 season at the second-base position for 145 games, fielding it at a .967 percentage. He also had a good year with the bat with 156 base-hits that included 24 doubles and 46 RBI, for a .279 batting average.

Crespi was back with the Cardinals for the 1942 season and appeared in 93 games, hitting at a .243 clip and helping his team to the National League Pennant and a World Series victory over the New York Yankees. He appeared in one game in the Series as a pinch-runner, scoring a run.

Crespi entered the United States Army on February 20, 1943. He broke his left leg in a game at Fort Riley, KS and never returned to professional baseball as an active player after the war.

Creepy returned to the game in 1948 as a manager for the Mount Vernon Braves of the class D Illinois State League. The team had a 52-66 record, finishing fourth in the league.

In his four up-and-down seasons in the minor leagues, he managed to hit at a .294 average in 446 games. With the major league Cardinals, he appeared in five seasons and 264 games, hitting at a .263 clip in 911 at-bats. He also fielded at a .964 percentage.

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